A sack master who spent most of his playing career with the Chargers, Shaun Phillips wreaked havoc in the opponents’ offensive backfield for years.
In nine seasons with the team, Phillips racked up 69.5 sacks. That is the second most in team history. He had a knack for big plays as well, scoring touchdowns on two of his six interceptions while with the team. Phillips also forced 20 fumbles, recovered 10 fumbles and took one of those recoveries to the house.
He never seemed to receive the respect outside of the team that he rightfully deserved, being selected to the Pro Bowl just one time. He had seven or more sacks in all but two of his seasons with the Chargers, including 11 during the 2010 season.
However, run-ins with the law and that he signed with the AFC West rival Denver Broncos as a free agent in 2013 might make him a player that fans easily forget. Still, his entire body of work should not be forgotten and someday, his name should be part of the team’s Hall of Fame.
A fourth-round pick out of Purdue in 2004, the Chargers likely got all they ever thought they would out of Phillips, and quite likely much more.